It. string quartet formed in 1945, making début at Carpi as Nuovo Quartetto Italiano. Noted for playing its repertory from memory, each piece being most carefully prepared. Outstanding in Debussy, Ravel, and Beethoven. Frequent international tours. Members were Paolo Borciani (b Reggo Emilia, 1922), Elisa Pegreffi (b Genoa, 1922), Piero Farulli (b Florence, 1920; he replaced Lionello Forzanti in 1946), and Franco Rossi (b Venice, 1921). Disbanded 1987.